A pediatric dentist promotes the dental health of children while serving as an educational resource for parents. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child should visit a pediatric dentist within six months after the eruption of the first tooth or before their first birthday. It is important to establish a comprehensive relationship between a pediatric dentist and patient, making our office your dental home. Early oral examinations leads to the detection of the early stages of tooth decay, which is essential to maintain oral health. In addition, parents are given preventative home care programs, diet counseling , and information on growth and development of teeth.
The main responsibilities of pediatric dentistry include:
- Diagnosing oral diseases
- Promoting oral health
- Maintaining or restoring oral health
- Monitoring growth and development of teeth and jaws.
- Repairing of decaying teeth.
- Fixing dental injuries
A pediatric dentist understands the importance of maintaining the health of the primary teeth. When left untreated, cavities frequently lead to problems with developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby-teeth are important for proper chewing, guiding permanent teeth into the correct position, and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also add to an attractive appearance and affect the development of speech.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a pediatric dentistry check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children require more frequent dental visits due to increased risk of tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, or unusual growth patterns. Routine dental visits help your child stay healthy and cavity-free. Professional teeth cleanings remove debris that accumulate on teeth, irritate the gums, and cause tooth decay. Fluoride treatments help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Proper hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing habits, which leads to healthier teeth and gums.
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